The Los Angeles Lakers are still the kings of the road. Despite a rough night from the field, they were able to close out their four-game road trip with a 94-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday and remain undefeated away from the Staples Center.
As a team, the Lakers didn’t hit their shots, shooting 43.7% from the field and a 29% from behind the arc. The bench had a particularly hard time putting the ball in the basket, and the Grizzlies’ reserves took advantage of their struggles, outscoring them 36-22. No one on the Lakers’ bench finished with a positive plus-minus.
The good news is that the Lakers have a two players that they can count on for consistent offensive production in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The superstar tandem contributed a combined 52 points on 21-40 shooting from the field, in addition to the 21 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 blocks and 4 steals they tallied.
James shot a higher percentage from the field, but Davis made more 3-pointers — three to be exact, and on 10 attempts. It’s safe to say Davis took Frank Vogel’s challenge of shooting five 3-pointers per game to heart, seeing as he doubled it.
But the Lakers know who they can lean on when it’s winning time, and James proved it’s him once again on Tuesday with a nice run to close out the game. If James is going to coast until the fourth quarter all season, that’s fine so long as the Lakers are winning. Let’s just hope that next game the bench does their part to keep things a bit more interesting for the the other three periods, though.
The Lakers will now head back home to Los Angeles, and their next game will be at Staples Center against the Spurs, who they beat twice in San Antonio last week.